The health benefits of meditation are well known and documented for individuals of all ages. While most caregivers are aware that meditation can decrease stress, lower blood pressure and improve focus, these are only a few of the benefits that meditation can provide. As more statistics are released, there are quite a few perks associated with mediation that are quite surprising.
At Westfield Home Care Assistance, we always promote calming and soothing activities like meditation for caregivers, however mediation is also becoming more popular among the senior population, offering unique benefits including:
- Improved Digestive Health – Constipation is a common occurrence for many seniors. What many may not know is that meditation can actually assist with this. The deep breathing exercises that go along with meditation can help increase blood flow and circulation, giving all the bodily systems a hike, including the digestive tract. Studies indicate that seniors who practice meditation on a daily basis have fewer complaints of constipation and digestive problems.
- Decreased Pain – Seniors that meditate regularly can also enjoy the benefit of decreased pain. Research shows that these individuals may have a decreased perception to common aches and pains that are milder in nature on both a short and long term basis. While there may be several different reasons for this, preliminary findings have indicated that this may be related to changes in the brain that are commonly associated with meditation activities. Other research has also shown that Parkinson’s patients who incorporate meditation into their Parkinson’s care routine can also enjoy lesser pain and better management of common symptoms associated with the disease.
- Reduction in Illness – According to the University of California Los Angeles, meditation can help to improve the immune system. Therefore, seniors and older adults who meditate on a daily basis can reduce his or her risk of developing illnesses such as the common cold for example, due to a strengthened immune system. In this particular study, even chronic inflammation was significantly reduced for those that meditated for 30 minutes a day, 7 days a week. However, the senior that does not or cannot commit this much time to meditation can still enjoy meditation’s overall benefits.
Meditation is a great activity for seniors because it can be enjoyed by older adults of all skill levels and abilities, and can be easily and slowly integrated into one’s daily routine.
If you provide care for an aging parent or loved one and are looking for other ways to enhance their quality of life at home, contact Home Care Assistance of Westfield today and find out how our caregivers are helping seniors and families throughout New Jersey. Call 908-450-9400 to speak with a devoted Care Manager.